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MK Eldad: Debating Insubordination Legitimizes Evictions

MK Eldad questions the very premise of the Bar Ilan seminar day entitled "Military Insubordination, Protest, and Society" in which he participated.
By Yoni Kempinski and Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 4/8/2010, 10:13 AM / Last Update: 4/8/2010, 12:03 PM

Yoni Kempinski

The Israel Democracy Institute and the Faculty of Law of Bar Ilan University held a day of discussions and lectures on Wednesday entitled, "Military Insubordination, Protest, and Society."

The organizers explained that military insubordination and the limits of protest are among the most pressing and emotionally laden issues in Israeli public discourse today. "The conference is aimed at encouraging deep and open discourse of the implications of the refusal to follow orders for Israeli democracy and Israeli society," the explanatory literature stated.

Knesset Member Prof. Aryeh Eldad (National Union) attended the event, but explained to Arutz Sheva TV, as seen in the video below, that he had come mainly to sound his opinion that the debate itself is problematic and legitimizes future evictions of Jews from their homes in the land of Israel.

Former Police Chief Shlomo Aharonishki told the audience that he believes that if there are future expulsions of Jews from their homes in Judea and Samaria, all arms of the security forces - police, army and Border Guard police - must be involved.

Other speakers included Law Faculty Dean Prof. Aryeh Reich and former IDF Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shachak, who chaired the panel on “Evicting Jewish Communities: An Army Mission or Civilian?”

Prof. Susie Navot chaired a panel that discussed what limits apply to adhering to military orders. Participants included Prof. Yaron Ezrachi, Prof. Alon Harel, MK Tzipi Hotovely, and Rabbi Elyakim Levanon.

A third session, entitled, “Civil Protest and its Limits,” featured New Israel Fund President Naomi Chazan, former Education Minister Rabbi Yitzchak Levy, and former Jerusalem Police Chief Mickey Levy.